Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

Comparing health insurance for tens of thousands of Iowans who lack health care to an open bar at wedding is “just so wrong”

Personal Point by Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm of Cresco Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvSOU7v7Vg  TRANSCRIPT: Everyone makes mistakes.  I know I’ve said things I’ve regretted later. When that happens, I try to apologize as soon as possible.  I try to limit the … Continue reading

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Gov. Branstad to Uninsured Iowans: You’re Cut Off

Iowans deserve apology from Branstad for comparing denying access to health care to closing down a cash bar. VIDEO: http://youtu.be/1o_Zfa-0ITM DES MOINES — During a press conference this morning where he announced his latest effort to avoid Medicaid expansion and … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage Bill

Tomorrow Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller will announce legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and fix it so it automatically keeps pace with the cost of living. It would also raise the minimum … Continue reading

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Gov. Branstad announces alternative to Medicaid expansion; new program would cover 89,000 uninsured Iowans

Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday offered his alternative to expanded Medicaid health-care coverage for poor Iowans – a new program that he said would ensure coverage for all Iowans living under the poverty line but also require enrollees to contribute … Continue reading

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This Week in Labor History March 04

Union Communications Services In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declares: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – 1801 An avalanche kills 62 railroad workers clearing snow from the tracks in Rogers Pass, British … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Medicaid expansion good for Iowa and Iowans

Gov. Branstad’s reluctance to expand Medicaid simply does not add up. Under the Affordable Care Act, if states expand Medicaid to everyone up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, the federal government pays the full cost of those … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Medicaid expansion choices are clear

The Senate Human Resources Committee voted last week to pass Senate File 71 and send it to the full Senate, setting the stage for a showdown with Gov. Branstad over Medicaid expansion and how to make Iowa the “healthiest state” … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: IowaCare is a disservice to western Iowa

Anyone looking at the numbers in the University of Iowa’s Feb. 9, 2012, report to the Legislature about the IowaCare program can plainly see that the IowaCare program has been a boon to the people of eastern Iowa while being … Continue reading

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Labor Standards bill in Iowa

Wage theft prevention bill SF 191 was passed by the Senate Labor Subcommittee this week. This bill would require employers to provide their employees with written explanation for how their wages are calculated and would require employers to keep pay … Continue reading

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Report: Broken Immigration System Puts Workers Rights on ICE

Employers across the country are gaming today’s broken immigration system to exploit immigrant workers and evade both labor and immigration laws, according to a new report released this week by the National Employment Law Project. The report uses two dozen … Continue reading

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Laid-Off Hostess Workers Now Eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Last week, the Department of Labor concluded that the Hostess/Interstate bankruptcy was in fact the result of declining market share in the face of increasing competition from foreign bakeries. As a result, many former Hostess workers now qualify for Trade … Continue reading

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